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5 Innovative apps to make moms' lives easier

Julie Ryan Evans is an editor and writer who has covered everything from Capitol Hill to the politics of preschool. A mother of two, a runner of races, and a gourmet chef wannabe, she currently lives outside of Orlando, Florida.

Need help managing life with kids? There are apps for that!

With motherhood comes a host of responsibilities and duties one can never imagine juggling until the balls are in the air. From playdates to doctor appointments, homework and beyond, that to-do list is never blank from the minute you give birth.

Fortunately there is a host of apps out there that can help you manage the chaos that is motherhood and make things a little easier. We've rounded up five of our favorites.

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Mom-to-mom recommendations

Need a recommendation for anything from a grocery store to a babysitter to an exercise class in your area? Of course you do — you're a mom. MomStamp lets moms find and share their own recommendations for service providers in their area. Moms know what moms like.

An official brag book

They say the years fly by, and whoever "they" are aren't lying. Even if your little one is in diapers now, before you know it, you'll be thinking of scholarships and college applications. That's where Trovvit can help. It allows parents to create digital portfolios of all their children's accomplishments over the years by storing things like photos, certificates, videos and documents. That way, when it's time to apply for anything, everything is one place.

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Need a friend?

Being a mom can be lonely, and the MomCo app can help. It geo-targets moms in your area so you connect to share, commiserate, organize outings and more. It's much better than just sitting on that park bench, wishing you had mom friends with whom to hang.

Mommy time-out

Moms need "me" time, and a good time-out via a blowout is just what the reflection in the mirror ordered sometimes. A mom's life, however, can be a bit unpredictable for booking appointments months in advance. That's where Vive comes in. It's an app that lets you sign up for various blow-dry subscriptions and last-minute blow-dries in select cities. Bye-bye, wet ponytail.

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For moms of fur babies

Don't forget the dog when those two-footed creatures enter the house. Share pics of your favorite pooch on Dogly, an app with which users can post and also like photos of other dogs. Bonus: The photos that get the most likes win grants, which are donated to their dog shelter of choice.

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